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Smith wins Miss Jabberwock


Joyce Ann Brown may finally get justice Spent nine years, five months and 24 days in prison From Staff Reports

Duncanville High School senior and long-time workshop participant is crowned Miss Jaberwock by the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Price talks County business By Jershayla Johnson

The Journal

Commissioner John Wiley Price

A prized treasure to the African American community and a hot button for politics Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is in control. Price represents the District 3 area in Dallas County which totals at See PRICE, page 5 Brought to you by I MESSENGER

Since 1990, the story of Joyce Ann Brown’s wrongful incarceration has been an international one. Once she was released, after the airing of CBS’ 60 Minutes report, Ms. Brown focused on helping others who had been wrongfully convicted while also providing services for their families and those who while not innocent, needed her assistance. Dallas has continued to make headlines as inmate after inmate gained freedom and in some cases, very large cash disbursements. Ms. Brown, however, went to work and got a paycheck for her services in Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price’s office, for nearly a decade before stepping out on her own, forming and working full-time with her organization, MASS - Mothers (Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Systems.

Ironically, she works with many of the men who were compensated for their wrongful convictions and imprsonments. Hearing about large settlements, people began to ask Ms. Brown if she ever received anything.

Joyce Ann Brown “Not a dime,” she replied. See JOYCE ANN BROWN, page 3

The epitome of excellence on and off camera By Shenice Sanders The Journal

Every night on KDFW FOX4, millions of viewers tune in to see a very familiar face giving you news you can count on. Clarice Tinsley is a remarkable figure in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area and has been for the last 35 years. She is the women who can get the job done, reporting, researching and giving you in-depth news stories. Ms. Tinsley has inspired many upcoming journalists with her commitment to reporting factual and empowering stories. It’s the same commitment that Ms. Tinsley has that landed her the interview with First Lady Laura Bush in 2002 and with Christie Bundren in 2006. “It’s not about being on TV, it’s not about you, it’s about doing the work, and caring about the people because at the end of the day every story we cover whether it’s about

one person or 360 million, deal with people,’’ said Ms. Tinsley. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her effortless work and dedication. Clarice Tinsley The most prestigious award she has received was the George Foster Peabody Award, which is one of the highest honors in broadcast journalism, for her investigative story, A call for Help. She remains very active in her community and a strong supporter of the African American Museum in Dallas. Ms. Tinsley’s work has taken her all over the world to visit and also to


report. Her career has taken her to cover the story of The Fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as covering Texas troops at the end of Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Throughout all of her success she stills finds time to relax and spend time with her husband. The two recently returned from a trip to Africa, which she chronicled on FaceBook. Ironically Ms. Tinsley has never learned to ride a bike but continues to learn and teach others about Journalism. “You must be able to handle deadline pressure, be passionate about broadcast Journalism and do not get into this profession for a big payday,” said Ms. Tinsley, who understands that her job is a service profession, and what she does matters and makes a difference in the lives of viewers.


A year later, Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings By Benjamin Todd Jealous judgment of those who are supposed to protect us. Last year I visited Sanford, Fla. in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case. The NAACP hosted a forum where residents could report incidents of police abuse. A number of African American mothers alleged that their teenage sons had been profiled, abused or even assaulted by the police. I found that the attitude of the local police department toward "black teens" was uncomfortably similar to that of Robert Zimmerman. But the fact is that fifty years after enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, racial bias still runs rampant among law enforcement in this country. And Zimmerman's attitude infects an institution much more influential than the Sanford Police Department: the NYPD.

One year later, the Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings, and some people are still throwing salt on the open wound. Last week George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman, posted a tweet comparing Trayvon Martin to De'Marquis Elkins, 17-year-old black teenager charged with fatally shooting a oneyear-old baby.

The New York Police Department is currently fighting a class-action lawsuit against their racially biased practice of "stop-and-frisk" policing. Stop-and-frisk allows officers to stop, question and physically search any individual they consider suspicious. In 2011

The tweet showed a photo of Elkins side by side with a photo of Martin, both making inappropriate gestures, with the caption, "A picture speaks a thousand words. Any questions?"

The most revealing tidbit to come out of the classaction trial is a secretly recorded conversation between a deputy inspector and a police officer. The inspector is discussing a high-crime neighborhood, and he can be heard telling his patrolman: "The problem was, what, male blacks... And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem telling you this, male blacks 14 to 20, 21." In other words: stop more young black boys. Other evidence indicates that patrolmen may be encouraged to meet arrest quotas. A tape played at the trial reveals a supervising officer asking for "more 250s" - or more stop-and-frisk forms. One plaintiff, a police officer, testified about the pressure he felt from supervisors - "they were very clear, it's nonnegotiable, you're gonna do it, or you're gonna become a Pizza Hut delivery man." A picture may speak a thousand words, but leaked recordings speak volumes about an institution's priorities. These tapes reveal that the NYPD has effectively placed a bounty on "black teens". By profiling young teens of color, they are using the same grisly logic as Robert Zimmerman. And the result is apparent: in 2011, black and Latino men between the ages of 14 and 24 made up 42 percent of those targeted by stop-and-frisk. That group makes up less than 5 percent of the city's population.

Zimmerman's follow-up tweet read "Lib[eral] media [should] ask if what these [two] black teens did [to] a [woman and her baby] is the reason [people] think blacks might [be] risky". The implication was that Trayvon Martin's actions on the night he was murdered were equivalent to the killing of an innocent child.

The crime attributed to De'Marquis Elkins was truly horrific and despicable. But Elkins does not represent an entire demographic, just like Adam Lanza did not act on behalf of all young white men.

Trayvon Martin

Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nation's police departments.

NYPD officers stopped nearly 800,000 people for alleged "suspicious activity. " Nine out of ten were

Ben Jealous is president/CEO of the NAACP. Ben Wrobel, 202-292-3386,

This would be worrisome enough if it were just the opportunistic cry of a family embroiled in racial controversy. But this belief--that male "black teens" are inherently more likely to be criminals--is ingrained in our society. It has seeped into our institutions in the form of racial profiling, and too often it poisons the

innocent, 99 percent did not have a gun--and nine out of ten were black or Latino.

Joyce Ann Brown, continued from front page “Everything penny I received was because I went to work after I was released. I needed money to take care of my family.” Sen. Rodney Ellis first authored a bill to compensate innocent men and women who found themselves incarcerated. The amount was $25,000 a year and then over the years it has increased to $80,000 for each year spent, plus other benefits. The following plea went out recently in Ms. Brown’s behalf: Joyce Ann Brown, is in need of our help. Joyce spent over 9 years in prison for a crime that she did not commit. She was exonerated in the late 1980s with the assistance of Centurion Ministries and 60 Minutes. But, at the time of her exoneration, Texas did not have a compensation statute. She has not received a dime for the days

that Texas kept her locked up for a crime she did not commit. A bill is pending before the Texas legislature to allow Joyce Ann to be eligible to seek compensation for her wrongful incarceration, just like the men who have received payment upon their release. There is a petition on for the legislature to pass this bill. Time is of the essence. The Texas legislature will recess soon. Please, please sign the petition!! And then forward it to all of your friends to get others to sign. You can access the petition at http:// In her book, JOYCE ANN BROWN: Justice Denied, Ms. Brown talks candidly about her PAGE 13 PAGE

arrest, time in prison and subsequent release. Joyce Ann Brown lost Nine Years, Five Months and 24 Days of her life. As she shared her story with the workshop participants, Ms. Brown said that she was not bitter. “I promised God that if I were released, I would work to help others,” she said, She also mentioned that of the men who have received some type of financial compensation once they were released, after being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, have started their own organizations and leading positive, productive lives. Since her release, Ms. Brown has been a regular speaker at the Workshop. She always encourages students to seek the truth instead of relying on others for information.



Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, arties, shirking responsibility, concerts….in this day and age these words all have one joint meaning Freedom. They say wisdom comes with age, but there seems to be a fumbling of sorts around the ages of 18 to 21, then the smart smacks you in the face and you realize your mistakes. Teenagers from the time they arrive at Middle School want nothing more than to be an adult with no supervision because that’s what’s cool, but when these kids are given such responsibility the harsh reality surprises them and they make the wrong decisions simply because they aren’t prepared. I have found this to be true, I couldn’t count the times I have been tempted to stray from the path of right but then I ask myself…WHY?

OPINION The importance of a father in your life Brandon West The Journal

The early mornings and the late nights spent at the office, seeing your dad wake up early and get home late day after day becomes a learning experience to you once you are old enough to understand.

On a scale of 1-10 the importance of having a father in your household is a

You understand that a man is

Later in life you will appreciate the things that you were forced to do because you realize they made you a better person in the long run. 10.

not supposed to be around the house all day, and a man never complains about having to work hard.

Having a father in the house gave me the advantage of seeing what a man is supposed to be and how a man is supposed to be the backbone of his family.

You get the same attitude and want to imitate the same behavior in your adulthood.

Having a father in your house also establishes discipline in you as a young man. There is someone that you fear in the house as opposed to being raised by a single mother who you think you don’t have to listen to sometimes. The hardest part of having a father in the house is having someone who will make you do things you don’t want to do. Later in life you will appreciate the things that you were forced to do because you realize they made you a better person in the long run. When you are out making your own decisions you will think back on the things you learned in your household from that male influence.& Brandon West is a student at Mountain View Co"ege.

Haven’t I been working hard my whole life, studying when others watched TV, working out when others were sleeping, honing my skills when most were goofing?

My father has not been here for me

So why jeopardize that effort for a party or drinking or sex when the fruits of my labor should be enough?

Life’s Changes

And not only my efforts but those of my superiors, parents, teachers, family members, and pastors have all invested in my life expecting me to shine and do my best. Where teenagers fall short is their thinking process. They believe “Man this is what I want, so I’m gonna do it” or “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) -- thinking they have nothing to lose. When I put myself in perspective I realize that my success is due to others so I shine not for myself but for all of my supporters so my motto isn’t YOLO it’s “to succeed so that all the investment in me are not wasted -- that I was not a waste, rather a success.” Barry Harris

By Jershayla Johnson The Journal

Being a child who has grown up in a single mother household I have experienced some struggles and confusion because of the absence of my father.

A sore and controversial topic for most is the absence of a father or older male role model in young peoples’ lives. Stereotypically children are inclined to have behavioral issues, abandonment problems, and specifically for young girls the idea that we quickly attach ourselves to men. Being a child who has grown up in a single mother household I have experienced some struggles and confusion because of the absence of my father. Similar to some people, my father lived two lives in one he was with my mom and in the other he had a full family.

After I was born my father quickly left my mom, and went back to his first family and left me behind. The hardest part was trying to understand why I wasn’t good enough to be a part of his family or why he didn’t love me enough to want to be with me. The absence of my father has affected me in many ways such as my interaction with men. The role a man is supposed to play in my life such as a father and or a husband is unknown to me. My perception of men is what I’ve come up with on my own and what my life has been like without one. Although, my father has been absent by choice in my life I haven’t


given up on myself nor, men in general. I am striving to be a success and to build a brighter future for myself. The disconnect I have now from the man who once begged for me has deeply forever affected me but has not broken me. I choose to live my life to the fullest and sharpen my skills so that one day I can look my father in the face and know that his mistake didn’t stop me from living beyond any stereotype or obstacle that comes my way. I believe that out of every difficulty, life offers a beautiful ending is possible as long as you reach for it. Jershayla Johnson is a sophomore at Lakeview Centennial High School


It’s here: Time for the real world By Barry Harris The Journal

Graduation is approaching and if asked some would reply “finally,” others would say it’s coming too slow, some are apprehensive and finally some would be surprised at the fact they made it this far. Me, I’m slowly realizing that graduation isn’t just being handed a diploma and throwing your hat in the air saying “WE DID IT!” It’s a life-changing experience all rolled up in that little diploma. When I graduate I will no longer be identified as my “parent’s child” instead they will be known as “Barry’s Parents.” The responsibility shifts, I become my own person no longer fully dependent on my parents, instead communicating with them as adults. My achievements, my

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failures, everything depends on my choices and me -- no longer my parents. Not many of my peers think in this way, the short term is where their minds linger;

graduation is just another thing for school not a gateway to the rest of your life. I admit the thought of graduating is quite frightening but then I realize that this is what I’ve been preparing for -- the sleepless nights of studying, practicing, organizing -- even getting my license was all a practice to develop my skill for the real world. My action from graduation and beyond do depend solely on my efforts but I also realize I have a backbone built up of those who have helped me along the way to reach this point. With that in the back of my head I know I am ready to receive that diploma then proceed to open the door to adulthood, ready and willing and knowing I will succeed.

Mentoring important to journalist By Shenice Sanders The Journal

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Amanda Fitzpatrick is more than just a mentor, more than a friend -- she is a perfect example of a role model. A TV host and reporter on CW33’s “Nightcap” news weekends at 5 and 9 p.m. in Dallas, TX., Ms. Fitzpatrick said her journey to get to this point in her life has not been easy. Her first job was as a production assistant working part-time behind the scenes, making $4 an hour. Surviving on that income was not easy and moving to Atlanta and sleeping on a friend’s couch was definitely a wake-up call to work even harder to make her dreams come true.

Amanda Fitzpatrick she gives sound, hard core advice and the benefit of her experiences.

After months of working hard behind the scenes, Ms. Fitzpatrick landed a job in Albany, GA as the 5am producer, overnight reporter, photographer, editor and “everything else,” she said.

Ms. Fitzpatrick said that over the years she has interviewed many community leaders, celebrities and politicians; ranging from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, radio Deejay Tom Joyner and British boy band One Direction to local athletes and newsmakers.

She takes her role as a mentor very seriously--constantly in contact,

She is very passionate when it comes to helping others and her PAGE 1

community, volunteering and supporting various charities. Her hard work is paying off with a nomination for a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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It is clear Fitzpatrick is on the road to success. With all her successes and blessings, she remains very humble and giving.

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Helpful Tips

Follow these steps as you prepare for college By Shenice Sanders The Journal Getting prepared for college can sometimes feel like you are preparing for a test. You have to study and work hard and remain focused, but in the end it is worth getting that A+ or acceptance letter in the mail. Having a plan or a list about how to prepare for college can also be a great help to make your freshman year a smooth transition. There are 10 very important steps you must do to prepare for college and be successful. 1. The very first thing you must do is keep your grades up in school. This is very important because colleges look at high school transcript and determine scholarships based about your class rank. 2. The next important step is prepare and take the PSAT, SAT or the ACT. These tests are designed to determine what classes to assign you based on your score. Therefore, it is very important to study and if you can take

SAT prep courses to also help you prepare. 3. The third step is to narrow down to your top five or three school choices and if you are a senior in high school you can go ahead and apply. 4. After you have applied to that particular school you can set up a date and time to visit the school(s) and make sure it is a perfect fit for you. 5. The next step is also very important and you can do this step even before any of the others. Start applying for scholarships, as many as you possibly can no matter how big or small the amount is. 6. The next two steps coincide together, first apply for financial aid. 7. Also apply for work study. Work study is a program for students to work on campus and get paid for it. This program makes it easier for students who do not have access to a car or other transportation.

for class. It is very vital that you take care of everything you need to get done, in order to be able to qualify for early registration. 9. In the meantime while you are in high school, always try to stay involved in your community and volunteer. Volunteering is such a rewarding service to be a part of, and also looks wonderful on a scholarship application. 10.The last step is making yourself a checklist of everything you will need for college such as books, dorm room expenses, supplies etc. This checklist will help you to narrow down what you have to have now and what can wait until later on in the year, because let’s face it; college is very expensive. Following these 10 steps really helped me to be more prepared for college and even more prepared for my new journey in life.

8. Once you have been accepted into the school of your choice, you can register


. A guy who hits a woman can be called lots of things. “Man” is not one of them.




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A Dallas Morning News Star By Jershayla Johnson The Journal

Leona Allen is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalists with 25 years as a news reporter, editor, and manager. Continuing her track record of success Ms. Allen is the Deputy Managing Editor at the Dallas Morning News. Criminal justice, state government, and

Leona Allen local government are a few topics that have been covered by her. Hard work, passion and determination pushed Ms. Allen forward to continue her career in journalism and reaching her level of success. A role model to young aspiring journalists, especially African American females, Ms. Allen shows that although the work force of journalism is hard to break into and be recognized; hard work always pays off.

Like most areas, media can be maledominated however, Ms. Allen broke the barrier and through hard work, became a leading voice in news. Community service is also a part of Ms. Allen’s agenda working as a mentor for the D/ FW-Association of Black Journalists Urban Journalism Workshop. Ms. Allen said she dedicates her time and knowledge to young journalism students teaching them persistence and patience that are required in the field. She inspires young women to not back down from the challenges in the working world but to face them head on. Being a Dallas, Texas native she makes her hometown and her family proud. With a Pulitzer Prize under her belt and expertise as an assignment managing editor, deputy metro editor, state house bureau chief, and night city editor Ms. Allen has earned her respect in the local and Dallas area, as well as across the country. Whether it’s writing breaking headlines or running a news staff meeting, Ms. Allen’s passion is shown in her work and dedication. News is a 24-hour job with no breaks in between; nevertheless, she is always ready to type a breaking story and capture the attention of local readers. An accomplished woman in the workforce but still striving for more Leona Allen is truly a Dallas Star.

Students with Commissioner John Wiley Price about 40% of the Dallas area, making Mr. Price one of the largest landholding commissioners. During his annual visit with the participants in the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists Urban Journalism Workshop, Mr. Price talked about his job, is convictions and the importance of the workshop. As a commissioner Mr. Price sets budgets, tax rates, and sets Parkland Hospital’s tax rate and budget as recommended by Parkland’s Board of Managers. Commissioner Price. along with his staff, regulates approximately 40 million dollars of property tax money. With a portion of this money a Dallas prison is able to open a hospital for the inmates.

Standing firm in faith Former workshop participant now mentors students By Jershayla Johnson The Journal

Myia Griffith, an 8th grade teacher for Dallas ISD, has a heart of gold and puts God, her family, and students first in her life. When faced with difficult life obstacles such as working with coworkers, students, and family, Ms. Griffith stand firm in her faith and never lets life knock her down. Like many people Ms. Griffith did not always see herself as being a teacher, instead she worked in the corporate world with good pay and long hours. However, she said the opportunity of teaching kept knocking at her door and finally she opened it. Turning in her corporate suit for a ruler and apple, Ms. Griffith found love in teaching just as much as she did in the corporate world. The students she works with are like her second family she teaches, and nurtures all her students with a caring but firm hand. Although issues arise in both her home and school life Ms. Griffith says she

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never fails to give her all in everything she does. She is a former member of and now mentor for the DFW Association of Black Journalists Urban Journalism Workshop. Each year she opens herself up and offers her time to mentor young adults in life and business. Incorporating her previous work experience with her gentle nature helps Ms. Griffith build strong students and the young adults she works with. Offering her time and wisdom, she shares all she knows with people willing to listen. In her personal time Ms. Griffith still works hard for her family and friends giving them her love and attention. Ms. Griffith is strong in her faith in Christ in which she believes carries her through all situations life throws at her. A strong woman in life and faith Ms. Griffith is a shining star working with her students or just loving her family.


Additionally, Mr. Price has set up the Letot Center in North Texas for girls between the ages of 13-17 to pull them off the streets from human trafficking, which is one of Dallas’s major problems among young female teens. Mr. Price has also created a boys center to help troubled young boys with behavioral problems. Although, critics try to shake the commissioner, he says he never stops trying to serve the Dallas Community and seek justice and equality. Throughout his presentation, he continued to challenge the participants by stressing the importance of seizing opportunities and being prepared.


The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Here are other resources for help and information: 1

Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence


National Network to End Domestic Violence


Rape Abuse and Incest National Network


National Sexual Violence Resource Center


Other Flavors Prohibited, But Not The One Most Victimizing Youth and Minorities WASHINGTON-- Leading national public health advocates filed a Citizen Petition urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prohibit the use of menthol as a characterizing flavoring in cigarettes. The historic menthol petition was delivered to FDA offices today by the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium on behalf of a long list of co-signing organizations focused on public health in general, and organizations focused on racial and ethnic health outcome disparities in particular.   In 2009, Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.  Among other things, the law prohibited the use of fruity and candy-like "characterizing flavors" in cigarettes and cigarette smoke.  The flavor prohibition was especially intended to prevent young people from being lured to try —and to become addicted to—a lethal product.  While menthol was the one flavor that was exempted from this 2009 prohibition, Congress did give the FDA the authority to prohibit menthol if "appropriate for public health."  The law specifically made the issue of menthol in cigarettes a priority for FDA consideration.  The FDA has not yet prohibited menthol. Following the filing of this Citizen Petition, the FDA is now required to begin a formal consideration process that could include the gathering of public testimony and will result in a formal FDA ruling on the matter. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, and the petition stresses that smokers who are young and those who are members of racial and

ethnic minority groups are disproportionately impacted by the availability of menthol cigarettes.   Nearly half (48 percent) of 12to 17-year old smokers report menthol cigarette use compared to 32% of adults age 26 or older.  While 24% of white smokers smoke menthol cigarettes, they are used at much higher rates by racial and ethnic minorities, such

as African Americans (83 percent), Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders (53 percent), Hispanics or Latinos (32 percent) and Asian Americans (31 percent). "It's shameful for our government to ban all cigarette flavorings except the one that is deadliest for communities of color and teens," said Dr. Phil Gardiner of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council.  "This is not only a public health issue, but also a social justice issue." A study published in the American Journal of Public health found that 68% of African Americans support prohibiting menthol flavoring in cigarettes.  A strong majority of white Americans (56%) also support a prohibition on menthol flavoring. Menthol is a minty flavor that makes cigarettes attractive to

many consumers. The flavor itself is popular with many smokers, and it also produces a cooling sensation that many smokers enjoy, particularly those new to smoking. Tobacco industry marketing of menthol cigarettes has particularly been aimed at African Americans.  Menthol cigarettes constitute about onethird of the American cigarette market.

"Menthol in cigarettes causes more people to start smoking and makes it harder for them to quit – especially children and African Americans," said Doug Blanke, Executive Director of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. "There can be no justification for failing to take menthol cigarettes off the market." One model estimates that if menthol was prohibited as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes, between 2010 and 2020 over 2.2 million would not start smoking.  By 2050, the number of people who would not smoke would be 9 million. "The FDA has a chance to save the lives of millions of Americans," said Jeannette Noltenius of the National Latino Alliance for Health Equity.  "Every day we delay action on this issue, more Americans are


suffering and dying. The time to act is now." The following organizations were parties to the petition:  African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Association for Cancer Research; American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network; American Heart Association; American Legacy Foundation; American Lung Association; American Public Health Association; Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights; Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL); Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence; Campaign for TobaccoFree Kids; Corporate Accountability International; NAATPN, Inc.; National Association of City and County Health Officials; National Latino Alliance for Health Equity; Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco;Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc. and Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. A copy of the 38-page petition is available at http:// The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium is the legal network supporting the nation's efforts to address the leading avoidable cause of disease—tobacco use. Based at the William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Consortium provides legal and policy assistance to community leaders working to enact, implement, and defend laws that reduce the toll of tobacco.  Background on the Consortium is available at http:// programs/tobacco-control-legalconsortium.


Two divas of radio By Shenice Sanders The Journal

Dareia Tolbert and Wendy Schofield are unique in their own ways. In addition they are accomplishing great things, and are not done, just yet. Both have fascinating stories. Ms. Tolbert said she has always been outgoing and loved music. As a child, she played the piano at church. But it wasn’t clear to her that she wanted to do something in the entertainment aspect of journalism. However, when she went to college she wanted to be Dareia Tolbert a news anchor, as a freshman. In short, she soon found out that a news anchor wasn’t her niche. So she started going more towards entertainment. “Ordinarily, if you’re going to do anything, make sure it’s what you want to do, first,” she cautions, adding that as a sophomore she got an internship at a radio station where she had a mentor who taught her about communications. Gradually she started moving up the ranks and as a senior she got her first job at a Gospel music channel! The college graduate was really excited when she landed a job at Heaven 97, KHVN. Ms. Tolbert also hosts an internet radio show on Thursday nights where she discusses issues of interest to young listeners. Wendy Shofield Now Wendy Schofield didn’t always want to work in the entertainment aspect of radio. Right before she became a popular radio personality, she was working in her field of finance and Marketing -- she has a BBA degree in International Finance and Marketing. According to Ms. Schofield, radio broadcasting kind of fell into her lap, and “GOD has a way of leading my life in different directions, ones I never imagined.” Always grateful the loquacious and engaging diva said she was not a talkative person as a child. Still, she said when she heard that radio guru Tom Joyner was looking for an entertainment reporter, she made an entertainment report and she got the job! She also worked for other radio stations and NBC Television before hosting her own radio show --The Wendy Schofield Show! With both ladies enjoying successful careers, Ms. Tolbert said that she would have started earlier if she knew that she wanted to be in media and Ms. Schofield said she would have been more aggressive and done more networking. Also she said she met many celebrities, but didn’t take advantage of the opportunities. Surely they lead stressful lives? ”Well not everybody is out there to help you, some are just as eager as you to get to the top,” said Ms. Tolber. “But everybody isn’t like that, so don’t be quick to judge.” Ms. Schofield had a few words of advice with her answer. “It can be stressful if you’re not prepared,” she said. “So I always do my research, practice, and stay up-to-date on what is going on in the field, I’m marketing in.”

Photojournalist documents life By LaKeisha Hayes The Journal

Katina Revels currently works as a visual editor for the Associated Press in New York City. Working nights and weekends, she does a great deal of work with sports and her own business at Revels Productions. Originally Katina was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. As a child she would always be documenting something. With a personal camera she photographed everything as it would pass by. Revels attended Bryan Adams High School in Dallas where she pursued her career by exploring school activities such as yearbook, newspaper, sports editing and photography. After high school Katina then attended the University of Arkansas.

While in school she didn’t tell anyone right off that she did photography, when it was found out her career rose to the next step. As a result her work was known around the campus. After college Revels continued her career and now is still on the rise. With a settled job on hand and growing her own business Revels currently travels to build on her creativity and uphold Revels Productions. “Always use your Katina Revels environment to get your work,” was Katina Revels advice to aspiring photographers.

Time to get social By Barry Harris The Journal

Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram when sites like these are brought up we instantly think of social media. We can share photos, Terry Allen watch videos, catch up with old friends or stay current with new friends, get news and even find new interests. But very few of us think of these sites with business in mind. Yes, these very places we visit every day to catch up on gossip and see photos a can be used to advance our businesses and careers. The guest speaker, Terry Allen, said that social media has emerged as the second

highest form of communication between businesses and the people. The owner of his own PR Firm, Mr. Allen is also a board member of the DallasFort Worth Association of Black Journalists. Why do all the work when the perfect medium through which to spread word about you already exist? Create a page on Facebook, invite your friends, and showcase your talents or products. Stay interesting, share pictures and the Likes on your page as well as the numbers in your customer base will continue to grow! Just how the internet created a level playing field for global news, education and jobs, it can also give small businesses a chance to expand their following and flourish just like a big whig can and at no cost. So get started today, create your page, give your customers something to see, be active stay relevant, make events, get followers, create your global presence and you can turn social media into your social medium for business.

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At the workshop Workshop participants spent 12 weeks learning about various aspects of the communications industry. Numerous speakers visited the students and in addition to visiting the NBC 5 studios and Radio One, there were daily current event quizzes, healthy lunches and some interesting discussions.



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Annya Smith won almost $5,000 in scholarships in the 2013 Jabberwock Pageant sponsored by the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Other workshop participants Ayanna Smith and Taressa Lincoln were in attendance for support.

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Television Day One and Two Shenice Sanders The Journal

TV day one was a day like no other. Eva Coleman, former DFW-ABJ president and current vice president was the instructor for the day. Ms. Coleman had a wonderful day planned, from getting to hear from some of the NBC 5 staff, to introducing us to one of the most influential people in Dallas, Commissioner John Wiley Price. As the speakers started to come in and introduce themselves, we prepared ourselves for what was to become a very interesting day. NBC 5 is a team that stands out and comes together to give you breaking news as it happens. Eric King, Stephen Wright and Randy Mcilwain were so inspiring, and informative, giving insight on their day-to-

day lives as a reporter and as an Assignment desk manager. “There are three things you must have to be successful in this business -- passion, work ethic and thick skin,” said Mr. Wright. The highlight of the day was hearing Commissioner Price speak and inform us about the history of Dallas and what this entire great city stands for.

As the day came to a close, we had one final task to complete and that was to audition for our big debut for NBC 5. We were given just a few minutes to write our scripts and go on camera for our audition. Ms. Coleman informed us she will be selecting the groups and our position for the big day. We all took away so much from TV Day One. We were encouraged to take on greater challenges and learn as much as we can as fast as we can. PAGE 10 4 PAGE

Day Two is the day where we put all of our hard work to test. Ms. Coleman has selected who will be on team A and team B. Team A consists of Eryk, Jershayla, Taressa and Vernesha. Team B consists of myself, LaKeisha, Breanna, Joydan and Barry. Each of us had our own position that Ms. Coleman felt we would do best at. Each one of us prepared for our team’s big debut, by helping each other and reading our scripts out loud. . Mark Hayes and Lindsey Wilcox, anchors for NBC 5, were also there to give us some solid advice before our big debut. Lindsey advised us to sound natural on camera, and have fun. Hayes advised us to loosen up and make it conversational. With all this good advice each team did a remarkable job and stayed very professional throughout the day. As the day came to a close, we settled into the conference room and heard some inspiring and motivating speeches from the NBC 5 crew. With each person giving us their own experience about news, media and life in general, I believe everyone in that room walked away with something that day. For some, TV day one and two were an experience they will never forget. For others it was more than an experience, it was a dream come true.


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Synopsis: A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a careermaking story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world. Review: DISCONNECT by Jamille Bradfield Special to the Journal

I’m sitting at the kitchen table reading text messages and emails from family and friends in the middle of dinner. My kids ask me to put my cell phone away and listen to them. Yes, I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty a time or two of being so attached to the non-stop, 24-hour, instantaneous world of communications that has become our norm, that it disrupts human interaction, even with the people I cherish the most.

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If ever there was a movie where art imitates life in today’s technology-dependent society, it is DISCONNECT, the new dramatic thriller directed by Oscar-nominated Henry-Alex Rubin (MURDERBALL). This intense film explores the effects of modern technology and its ability to establish, and if we are not careful, systematically destroy, our relationships at home, school, in the workplace and in the community. Although DISCONNECT is centered around our seemingly inseparable connections to our smart phones, tablets and laptops, the formula of interweaving stories of the main characters reminds me of 2004’s

DISCONNECT features powerful performances by an ensemble cast starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Nyqyist, Andrea Riseborough, Max Thieriot, Frank Grillo and Colin Ford. Director Rubin definitely makes his mark with DISCONNECT, his fiction feature film debut. He does a phenomenal job of connecting (no pun intended) with the audience using an actions-speak-louder-than words approach. In fact, Rubin does such an incredible job of bringing these real-world issues to life on the big screen, about midway through the movie you will secretly begin to question your own Internet use. PAGE 12 4 PAGE

Without question, DISCONNECT hooks and then reels you in right from the opening and keeps you engaged throughout the entire rollercoaster ride of captivating action and wide-ranging emotions, all of which commences from the simple touch of a button or stroke of a single computer key. In a nutshell, if you text, email, use social media, participate in chat rooms, make online purchases, allow your children access to technology or frequent the Internet for any reason, (that would be everyone reading this review), watching this movie will either make you completely paranoid about the Internet, which quite frankly I don’t believe was the filmmaker’s intent, or at the very least make you rethink your approach to online access and security settings. It is a must see with an ending that will have you on the edge of your seat. Note to self: change my passwords…regularly! DISCONNECT, rated R (for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language, violence and drug use — some involving teens), has a running time of one hour and 55 minutes. Distributed by LD Distribution, it opened nationwide in theaters on April 12, 2013. Thought-provoking. Intense. The best film I’ve seen so far this year!


The Class of 2013 The Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists (formerly the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators) is in its 23rd year of its annual Urban Journalism Workshop for high school and college students at Lincoln Humanities and Communications Magnet, 2826 Hatcher Street, Dallas, TX. Beginning in February 2013, this 12-week workshop is open to students in Dallas, Tarrant, Ellis, Collin and Denton counties. Students receive hands-on experience working with seasoned professionals who have gained a reputation locally and nationally, as well as internationally. The program, which emulates one started by George Curry, Gerald Boyd and other members of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists in St. Louis, was started by then-Da"as Morning News editor Rochelle Riley and has graduated students who have gone on to anchor newscasts, edit newspapers, open public relations firms and produce radio shows. Previous speakers have included: Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, Senator Royce West, Fort Worth Star-Telegram editor and columnist Bob Ray Sanders, Da"as Morning News columnist Norma Adams Wade, Our Texas Publisher General Berry, PR gurus Lyria Howland and Rose Gafford Blair, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Irwin Thompson, K104’s Sam Putney, 97.9’s Gary with the Tea, Da"as Examiner Publisher Mollie Belt, Producer Haile Gerima and Da"as Weekly Publisher James A. Washington. At the conclusion of the workshop, the students participate in a closing ceremony where they will present a newspaper, television news show and radio broadcasts. For students interested in next year’s class, check out the website at The application deadline is December 31. LAKEISHA HAYES Lancaster High School LaKeisha Hayes, who happens to be a Leo, sees herself being the CEO of a Production company when she is older. Born in a Baptist believing family she has struggled to resist peer pressure in school and is inspired by Oprah because she is inspired by her life story is feels she has been an inspiration in her life. Self driven and motivated Ms. Hayes is certain to reach her goals and enjoy a prosperous future though she does not see children in the equation as of now. She enjoys making short films and listening to music. As she gets older she is uncovering new things about herself like her passion for colors and no longer feeling the need to be a part of the "in" crowd because she does not place her self esteem into what others think of her. She enjoys using her clothing to create her own unique expression. She has a younger brother who shares the same Mother as herself and to her Father she has an older sister and two older brothers. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and it shows by her participation in her church with the boys' praise dance team as well as taking photos. -Sierra McMurray VERNESHA GRIFFIN Home-School

Vernesha Griffin, the girl who is truly on fire, aspires to be like her two favorite idols 11-plus Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys and singer/ song writer Usher. Just like in the nature of a Capricorn, Vernesha has the ambition, creative mind, and work ethic to become anything she chooses. Born at a weight of 1.9 pounds due to her mother being in a car crash, Vernesha wasn’t expected to make it, or she was supposed to be a dysfunctional child. However, defeating all odds Vernesha managed to play volleyball, basketball and run track in her public school years. Now being home-schooled, Vernesha has settled down and decided singing is her passion and plans to attend Cedar Valley Community College upon graduation. After the passing of her grandmother, who was a musician, Vernesha knew that her talent and desires were in the field of music. Furthermore, in pursuing her dreams, Vernesha is currently in singing lessons, is branding herself with YouTube, and auditioning for singing gigs. Overcoming obstacles in her path and defeating what at first seemed like unbeatable odds, Vernesha is well on her way to becoming a beautiful and talented singer. Jershayla Johnson BARRY HARRIS Duncanville High School Intelligent, a natural-born leader, loves a challenge -are just a few characteristics to describe Barry C. Harris, Jr. When he is not spending most of


his day writing computer codes and building computers, he is hard at work preparing to attend either Howard University, The University of Maryland at College Park or Florida A&M University, this fall. Harris is looking forward to studying security information systems which will lead him to a career of his dreams, working for one of the 16 branches of Intelligence in the government. Harris continues to educate himself by studying philosophy and religion. In his down time you can catch him rocking to the late, great Jimmy Hendrix. Getting the opportunity to attend the 2008 and 2013 inauguration has been an overwhelming experience and has taught him so much about life. Harris has accomplished so much in just the first phase of his life; whether it’s joining a new program or challenging himself on his next project, the man can do no wrong. He is the man with the plan. -Shenice Sanders ANNYA SMITH Duncanville High School Annya Smith is a senior at Duncanville High School and plans on attending Florida A&M University after she graduates. She has plans of majoring in either photography or math education. Her birthday is March 12 and Annya was born in Orange, New Jersey. She was adopted by her aunt Cheryl Smith and moved to Texas, to live with her aunt who she knows as mom, when she was a young girl. Annya has five siblings 3 brothers and two sisters. Annya was once an athlete playing basketball and soccer. She has left those days


behind and is focusing on school. Her career plans are to be a photographer or a teacher. Annya's favorite restaurant is Rice Garden She is known to be quiet in class and stays out of trouble but, outside of class her friends know her as a jokester. Annya says that she fears nothing and feels as if making it to senior year is her biggest accomplishment to date. Her favorite celebrity is Christina Milian. Her role model and person she looks up to is her brother Andre, she says she looks up to him because he is doing something good with his life and a good influence. Her favorite sport is basketball. Annya is in church attending Grace Tabernacle Missionary Baptist church. Her favorite quote from the bible is John 3:16. -Brandon West AYANNA SMITH Duncanville High School Ayanna Smith is a 15-year-old, freshman. In her free time she likes to go outside, watch TV, or stay in her room. She has four best friends. Ayanna’s favorite food is BBQ chicken. She has three sisters and three brothers and also a stepsister. Her favorite things to do are play soccer, get on Facebook and Twitter and talk on the phone. Her favorite color is red. Ayanna would like to attend Florida A&M and become a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, to follow in her mom’s footsteps. She is also the 4th of her siblings to be in the program.

TARESSA LINCOLN U.S. Navy The talented Taressa Lincoln is a graduate of David W. Carter High School Class of 2011. . A member of Friendship-West Baptist Church, this is her second year participating in the workshop and she was referred by one of her professors who felt she would benefit from the experience. Adventurous and independent, Taressa enjoys sports and is looking forward to a career in sports broadcasting. Taressa’s hobbies are singing, dancing, spoken word, and “watching my Dallas Cowboys.” ERYK HALL Hampton Preparatory

Eryk was an observer in the workshop last year and this year he returned and is a very active participant. He said he views the workshop as an opportunity to help him in school and eventually in the workplace.

JOYDAN GRIFFIN Home School Joydan is the youngest member of this year’s class and she says she is looking forward to returning next year. She has a sister in the program and comes from a very close-knit family. Joydan loves to write. JERSHAYLA JOHNSON Lakeview Centennial High School A member of the Garland NAACP Youth Council, Jershayla is always well-prepared and is making a name for herself in the organization. An accomplished speaker, people refer to her as a self-starter and a born leader. According to her youth advisor, Jershayla has a great attitude and seeks out positive opportunities.

BRANDON WEST Mountain View College Brandon West drives a bright red car which seems in direct contrast to his quiet, easy-going demeanor. He has several interests, and is looking forward to transferring to the University of Houston where he will study journalism or business, with hopes of becoming either a sports agent or entertainment lawyer.

SHENICE SANDERS Prairie View A&M University A recent graduate of Prairie View A&M University, Shenice Sanders felt like she could gain something from participation in the Urban Journalism Workshop. Shenice is ambitious and finished college in three years. She is very focused when it comes to pursuing her dream of working in television. She also teaches Vacation Bible School and is an inspiration to so many.



THE JOURNAL The Journal was established in 1991 as the official publication of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators (now Journalists) Urban Journalism Workshop. Rochelle Riley (then an editor at the Dallas Morning News founded and directed the Workshop.

2013 Journal Staff Joydan Griffin, Vernesha Griffin, Eryk Hall, Barry Harris, LaKeisha Hayes, Jershayla Johnson, Taressa Lincoln, Shenice Sanders, Annya Smith, Ayanna Smith and Brandon West The staff would like to thank everyone who worked to ensure the success of this year’s program! PAGE 15 4 PAGE



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The Journal 2013  

This is the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists' Urban Journalism Workshop Publication with stories and commentaries produce...

The Journal 2013  

This is the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists' Urban Journalism Workshop Publication with stories and commentaries produce...